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The Ultimate Cloud Gaming PC GeForce NOW RTX 3080

With the new RTX 3080 streaming options from Nvidia GeForce NOW, more gamers are choosing AAA Cloud gaming until graphics cards become affordable.

 

The Ultimate Cloud Gaming PC GeForce NOW RTX 3080

 

Budget gaming is something of a rarity nowadays, but it is still possible. As long as you have a good broadband package, a moderate PC specification and a good monitor, you really can play AAA games through cloud gaming services and even take advantage of up to 120FPS AND 4k if your device allows it. Better still, you can enjoy 1440p and 60FPS with even a modest gaming PC!

 

Welcome To The Gaming Apocalypse

It is the time of the Scalper and the Miner. Around the world, desperate pockets of resistance have failed in their attempts to secure dangerously powerful technology, and keep it from falling into the hands of anarchists and capitalist miners . Corporations frantically devise plans to return power to those who deserve it... the Gaming Apocalypse continues.

Sure, it sounds like the synopsis of a terrible TV-movie, but it feels like it is the reality we're living in right now.

As is always the case when we start talking about gaming PCs, we have to mention the doom and gloom that is the GPU market. Right now, only the deepest pockets and smartest shoppers are able to afford and buy a GPU that offers Ray Tracing and the ability to run the shiniest AAA games. Forums and online communities discuss ways to build gaming PCs that represent some sort of value, with APUs that can get them to the first rung of the ladder, in the hope that "next year things might be different".

To make matters worse, the global semi-conductor shortage has even had President Biden weighing in back in February, hoping to repair a failed supply chain that is still struggling in October 2021. Companies like Nvidia have looked at GPU refreshes like the RTX 2060 laptop GPU, slapping extra VRAM on and increasing some clock speeds to satiate the crowd. The main market that still continues to suffer is that of the desktop gaming PC. With the only real substitute being to purchase a pre-built system that includes an Nvidia RTX 30 series or opt for an RX 6000 build with the range of new cards from AMD that enable 1080p - 4K gaming: -

  • AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
  • AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
  • AMD Radeon RX 6800
  • AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
  • AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
  • AMD Radeon RX 6600

 

AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series

 

PC enthusiasts are still sickly from the prices of these RX 6000 cards that we had hoped could be produced in enough numbers to remain affordable for a while. The lower of the bunch, the RX 6600 & RX 6600 XT, had an MSRP of $329/£299 at launch but never saw that pricing on shelves. The RX 6900 XT is currently priced at upwards of £1,200 versus the £770 MSRP. Of course, we do know that these prices are never set in stone, and a guidance from manufacturers only. The MSRP is set by card manufacturers based on the incurred costs in manufacture, distribution and eventual sale of a GPU, and normal and fair retail mark-up is also included. Except in this current climate, it means nothing whatsoever to the consumer.

 

Cloud Gaming: Not The Hero We Deserve...

...but it is the hero we need. Enter Nvidia, cape flapping in the wind, surveying a decaying marketplace with owners of burnt-out iGPUs and APUs crying softly over their RGB-lit cases, and laptop gamers not having a clue where they stand.

 

Laptop Gamers Confused - John Travolta GIF

 

Google Stadia and Microsoft both have solid footholds in the Cloud gaming arena, and do an awesome job of allowing the general public (Console Peasants, if you will) to experience gaming power of the PC Master Race on the large or small screen. Nvidia's announcement yesterday (October 28, 2021), however, may see them lay claim to the creating longest queue of power-hungry gamers we've seen in recent years.

GeForce NOW RTX 3080 Membership Pre-orders Open for All

Remember that old adage "Never Pre-order!", yeah... you can forget that for now. With the new RTX 3080 tier from Nvidia, gamers can experience Ray Tracing for the first time in the Cloud.

 

GeForce Now UK Subscription Costs for Free, Priority and RTX 3080

 

Tom's Hardware recently took a test drive of the RTX 3080 option, which is set to cost UK gamers £89.89 for a 6 months subscription. Their findings were based on a USA connection, but were encouraging.

"In terms of performance, Assassin's Creed Valhalla establishes a pattern we'll see repeated in the other games. Average performance at 1440p ultra was 66 fps, while running locally an RTX 3080 delivered performance of 91 fps — 38% faster. That's actually the worst result, relative to the RTX 3080, that we'll see in the games we tested. We suspect it might be a CPU bottleneck, as Valhalla can be pretty demanding in that area, but it may also be due to VRAM bandwidth or some other factors." said Jarred Walton, a senior editor at Tom's Hardware.

In comparison to the Free tier of GeForce Now, the difference was easily measured: "Wow. What a difference that made!" Jarred said, "The hardware was noticeably slower, framerates couldn't maintain a steady 60 fps, and even at 1080p, ultra quality in many games was no longer an option."

YouTube creator, Cloud Gaming Xtreme, also reviewed the RTX 3080 tier, and provided a 4K capture of the test:

 

 

The video shows 60FPS at 1440p, and their real-world tests were extremely good with Nvidia Shield Pro, Google Pixel Go 4K Chromebook, a Samsung Galaxy Fold3 and an iPhone 10X Max. More recently, Cloud Gaming Xtreme also tested the RTX 3080 tier against local RTX 3080 performance. This was surprising, to say the least. At 1440p, Ultra Settings and DLSS & Ray Tracing, Cyberpunk 2077 streamed at 33ms with zero packet loss at a steady 60 frames per second.

it would appear that this is 100% a viable option for gamers who want to experience Ray Tracing and all the goodies that AAA games include. While there are over 1000 games supported right now, Nvidia is looking at upgrading their hardware to take advantage of DirectX 12 games, too.

GeForce Now RTX 3080 PC Specifications

While the service and app is available for Mac, Android, Shield TV and Chromebook (and IOS with a Safari browser workaround), we're going to look at the PC specifications you need to take full advantage of the GeForce Now RTX 3080 tier.

Right at the top of any specifications for Cloud gaming you will see internet connection. Before you even think about building or upgrading a PC for high-end Cloud gaming, you need to find out how fast your broadband is, and if you can expect the same speeds as those who currently enjoy a lag-free experience.

Broadband/Internet Connection

Nvidia don't require anything crazy from your internet connection, and you'll need a hardwired (Ethernet) connection to your router, with a connection speed of 35mbps.

 

INTERNET SPEED REQUIREMENTS - GeForce Now RTX 3080

 

To measure your speed against Nvidia's requirements, you will need to download and install Nvidia GeForce Now on your PC or Mac, and perform the test using their built-in network tester.

Step 1: Open GeForce Now, and open the top left menu:

 

Test Connection on GeForce Now

 

Step 2: Navigate to Settings.

 

GeForce Now Settings

 

Step 3: Under Server Location, click Test Connection.

 

Server Location Test Connection

 

Testing Connection GeForce Now

 

Results: Depending on your results, you will have an advisory from Nvidia as to how you can improve your connection.

The ideal setup is: -

  • Do not use a Powerline Adaptor - instead, connect direct into your router or a network switch where possible

  • Switch off any other streaming in the house (good luck with that one)

  • Use a high quality Ethernet cable such as Cat 6. These cables are standardised by IEEE having a thicker gauge and tighter twist, which reduces interference over longer distances in the home. CAT6a can support data rates of 10 Gigabit over the full 328 feet distance these cables go up to.

    • Cat5e – up to 1.000 Mbit/s, 100MHz
    • Cat6 – up to 1.000 Mbit/s, 250MHz
    • Cat6a – up to 10.000 Mbit/s, 500MHz
  • Do not use Wi-Fi

Monitor Specifications

With the PC heavy lifting being taken care of back at Nvidia's storage farm, the main thing you'll need for high framerate gamign is your monitor. A 144Hz monitor will be needed here, at 1440p resolution. With FreeSync/Gsync you will ensure a stutter free experience, and should be looking for a screen that is around the £250 price range. This will allow you to purchase an IPS panel, and have all of the features above.

You can, of course, enjoy 1080p 60FPS (GeForce Now 'Competitive' settings) on a monitor like the LG 27GL650F-B UltraGear 27" Full HD IPS monitor, which is a great value monitor at under £180.

 

LG 27GL650F-B UltraGear 27

 

Cloud Gaming PC Specification - The Ultimate Cloud Gaming PC

As your PC is basically a conduit for the Cloud gaming service from Nvidia, you don't need a huge budget to enjoy Ray Tracing, DLSS or 60FPS at 1080p on the world's best selling AAA games like Cyberpunk 2077, Destiny 2, Assassin's Creed Valhalla or Control.

With monitor included, this Ultimate Cloud Gaming PC comes in at under £630, which is incredible considering you are getting 1440p gaming on an RTX 3080!

This build ensures you have plenty of RAM available for Cloud gaming, with double the recommended available memory. The Gigabyte B365M DS3H WIFI Micro ATX LGA1151 Micro ATX motherboard allows you to get fast connection speeds with the Realtek 8118 Gaming LAN built-in. If you want to customise your case with RGB, the motherboard also includes ARGB headers.

Included in this build is an MSI GeForce GT 1030 DDR4 2 GB Video Card, which more than meets GeForce Now's requirements.

 

Ultimate Cloud Gaming PC (DIY Build)

Component Description Price
CPU Intel Core i5-9400F 2.9 GHz 6-Core Processor £142.38
Motherboard Gigabyte B365M DS3H WIFI Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard £66.66
Memory ADATA 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 CL19 Memory £26.65
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £32.33
Video Card MSI GeForce GT 1030 DDR4 2 GB Video Card £72.99
Case GameMax Centauri MicroATX Mid Tower Case £26.57
Power Supply GameMax GP 400 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply £29.00
Monitor ViewSonic VX2758-2KP-MHD 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor £229.99
- Total: £626.57

 

If you prefer a prebuilt system, then the Horizon 5 Vega PC allows you to get the most out of a fast Ryzen 5 5600G APU that is faster than the GT 1030. At £534.99, you'll still need a monitor that can handle the 1440p 144Hz gaming, but you're getting a lot of value for money.

 

Horizon 5 Vega Cloud Gaming PC (Pre-built)

Component Description Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 5600G 3.9GHz -
Motherboard Gigabyte B450M DS3H -
Memory 16GB DDR4 3200MHz -
Storage 500GB Kingston NV1 NVMe SSD -
Video Card Built-in Radeon -
Case CiT Beam -
Power Supply Aerocool Integrator 500W 80 PLUS Bronze -
  Total: £534.99

 

GeForce Now RTX/DLSS Games (November 2021)

With your new Cloud gaming rig purchased, you can now sit back and check out the games you are going to be able to enjoy; the very best games at the best resolutions, including Ray Tracing and DLSS!

 

Game Ray Tracing? DLSS?
Alan Wake Remastered   DLSS
AMID EVIL RT DLSS
Anatomy Of Fear   DLSS
Anthem   DLSS
Apocalypse: 2.0 Edition   DLSS
Aron's Adventure   DLSS
Back 4 Blood   DLSS
Baldur's Gate 3   DLSS
Battlefield V RT DLSS
Beyond Enemy Lines 2   DLSS
Bodies of Water VR (Beta)   DLSS
Bright Memory RT DLSS
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War RT DLSS
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare RT DLSS
Call of Duty: Warzone   DLSS
Chernobylite   DLSS
Chivalry 2   DLSS
ChronoTecture: The Eprologue   DLSS
Cions of Vega   DLSS
Control RT DLSS
CRSED F.O.A.D   DLSS
Crysis Remastered RT DLSS
Crysis 2 Remastered RT DLSS
Crysis 3 Remastered RT DLSS
Cyberpunk 2077 RT DLSS
Deathloop RT DLSS
Death Realm   DLSS
Death Stranding   DLSS
DeepStates (VR)   DLSS
Deliver Us The Moon RT DLSS
DiRT 5 RT  
DOOM Eternal RT DLSS
Edge of Eternity   DLSS
Enlisted   DLSS
Escape From Naraka RT DLSS
Everspace 2 RT DLSS
Exit From   DLSS
F1 2020   DLSS
F1 2021 RT DLSS
F.I.S.T.: Forged In Shadow Torch RT DLSS
Fall Balance Ball   DLSS
Far Cry 6 RT  
Faraday Protocol   DLSS
Final Fantasy XV   DLSS
Fortnite RT DLSS
Frozenheim   DLSS
Ghostrunner RT DLSS
Godfall RT  
Helios RT DLSS
Höll Space 5D6   DLSS
INDUSTRIA RT DLSS
Into the Radius VR   DLSS
Iron Conflict   DLSS
Justice RT DLSS
JX3 Online RTX version RT  
Last Hope on Earth   DLSS
LEGO Builder's Journey RT DLSS
Loverowind   DLSS
Marvel's Avengers   DLSS
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy RT DLSS
Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries RT DLSS
Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition RT DLSS
Minecraft with RTX RT DLSS
Monster Hunter World   DLSS
Moonlight Blade RT DLSS
Mortal Online 2   DLSS
Mortal Shell RT DLSS
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord   DLSS
Myst RT DLSS
NARAKA: BLADEPOINT   DLSS
Necromunda: Hired Gun   DLSS
Nine To Five   DLSS
Nioh 2 The Complete Edition   DLSS
No Man's Sky   DLSS
Observer: System Redux RT DLSS
Outriders   DLSS
Poker Club RT  
Powerslide Legends   DLSS
Pumpkin Jack RT DLSS
Qu Gian Qi Tan Online   DLSS
Quake II RTX RT  
RAZE 2070   DLSS
Ready or Not   DLSS
Recall   DLSS
Red Dead Online   DLSS
Red Dead Redemption 2   DLSS
Redout: Space Assault   DLSS
REFICUL 666   DLSS
Resident Evil Village RT  
Rise of the Tomb Raider   DLSS
Rune II RT  
Rust   DLSS
Scavengers   DLSS
Severed Steel RT DLSS
Shadow of the Tomb Raider RT DLSS
Soul Dossier   DLSS
Stay in the Light RT  
Supraland   DLSS
Swords of Legends Online   DLSS
Sword and Fairy 7 RT DLSS
System Shock Demo   DLSS
The Ascent RT DLSS
The Fabled Woods RT DLSS
The Medium RT DLSS
The Orville Interactive Fan Experience   DLSS
The Persistence RT DLSS
The Riftbreaker RT  
The Riftbreaker: Prologue RT  
To Hell With It RT DLSS
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege   DLSS
Twin Stones: The Journey of Bukka   DLSS
Uncrashed : FPV Drone Simulator   DLSS
Unknown Woods   DLSS
Wakamarina Valley, New Zealand   DLSS
War Thunder   DLSS
Watch Dogs: Legion RT DLSS
Wolfenstein: Youngblood RT DLSS
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands RT  
Wrench RT DLSS
Xuan-Yuan Sword VII RT DLSS
Yag   DLSS

 

Enjoy!